Are you curious which candidate is most likely to win the 2016 United States Presidential Election? Are you looking for a fun way to engage your audience? Maybe break the ice at your next presentation or meeting? Or simply better understand your audience’s political leanings? I know our office is definitely abuzz with political debate already. The best way to capture your audience’s attention and their political leanings is to do a FREE live interactive audience poll! Your audience certainly isn’t as large as the national delegate, but the results you get will better reveal to both you and your live audience which candidate may ultimately reign victorious.

Using Crowdpurr.com, we’ll quickly walk you through all the steps you need to setup, launch, and gather the results of your Presidential Audience Poll. Let’s have some some fun!

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Prepare the Ballot!

If you haven’t already, sign up for a free account at crowdpurr.com. The signup process takes just a few seconds.

After logging in you’ll see a welcome message. To start creating your Poll, click on the red Get Started button.

You’ll then see a list of all the available Crowdpurr interactive experiences you can create for your audience. Under Multiple-Choice Poll, click on the Create button. Crowdpurr will launch the setup wizard to create your new Multiple-Choice Poll.

The first step is to decide how many questions you want in your Poll, and which types to use. For this tutorial, we’ll only need one Multiple-Choice question, so click Next.

For the Playback Mode, we can just leave Host Controlled Mode selected. Since our Poll only has one question, the other Playback Modes won’t have any effect. Click Next to give your Poll a name.

This is the last step to create your Poll! The name of your Poll will start out as “Multiple-Choice Poll 1.” Let’s change it to something like “2020 Presidential Poll” and change the description to something like “Vote on who you think the next President of the United States should be!” Click Rock N’ Roll to create your Poll!

Welcome to your new audience poll! Now, let’s edit the question of your audience poll. Click on the blue tab Question(s) Setup (if you aren’t already on it). This is where you edit your question and the answer choices available to your audience when it’s time to vote. All the way to the right, click on the green circular pencil icon. You can now edit your question. Change it to “Who Should Be The Next President of the United States of America?” Press the Enter key, or click on the green circular check-mark icon to save the edited question.

Let’s add the candidates! By default, there are four answers already added. Similar to editing questions, clicking on the pencil icon on each answer allows you to edit it. Change the answers titles to “Donald Trump”, “Mark Sanford”, “Elizabeth Warren”, “Bernie Sanders”, and/or any other candidates you want to include. You can also add more options by clicking the gray Add Answer + button at the bottom, or remove answers by clicking the red Delete button in the edit panel. You can also change the colors to represent Republican candidates (reds) and Democratic candidates (blues). That’s it, you’re all set up. Now for the fun part!

Open the Audience Poll and Live Voting

On your Poll’s dashboard page, click the circular Play button to open your audience poll and live voting! You may want to wait to do this until your crowd is assembled but you can test it for fun now and reset your poll later.

Once you’ve started your Poll, you can click on the Mobile View button directly under the Play button. This will open up the Mobile View in a new window to show you what your audience will see on their mobile device when they join the poll.

On the Mobile View you now see the various answers you added to the question. Click on one of the answers to cast a vote!

Back on your poll’s dashboard you’ll see the vote was added to the answer. Great, our 2020 Presidential Poll is working. We’ll know who’s going to be the next President in no time!

And the Winner Is…

What fun is it if your crowd doesn’t know how to participate or see the results? Time to open Crowdpurr‘s beautiful results window. Back on your poll’s dashboard, click on the purple Projector View button. This will open the Projector View in a new tab. This displays both instructions for how your crowd participates in the poll through their mobile-device and your audience poll’s live results in real-time as they vote!

Drag this window onto your high-def screen, overhead projector, or onto a secondary monitor. Any large display device will work. Once the window is on your desired display device, click on the Fullscreen button in the lower right-hand corner. This will put the Projector View in full-screen mode.

That’s it! Your crowd can now see both the instructions on how to access your audience poll and the results. They simply go to crowd.live in their device’s web browser and enter in your audience poll’s five-digit code that is displayed at the bottom of the Projector View. Your crowd can now cast their vote!

Finishing Up

When you want to finish your poll, click the yellow circular Stop button on the Experience Dashboard. This will close your Poll to all future voting. To see the results privately, click on the red Results Summary tab to see a graph of the overall results of your poll and determine the next President of the United States of America.

A Few More Bells and Whistles…

Since this is an important audience poll determining who will be the next #POTUS, you may want to limit each member of your audience to one vote (so someone doesn’t cheat and vote for the same candidate over and over). For more relaxed polls like “Where should we go for lunch?”, you can allow your voters to cast several votes in the Poll Settings tab, under the Poll Settings heading. Enable the Unlimited Voting toggle to allow voters as many votes as they want.

Also, after you’re done testing, you should reset your Poll before your actual crowd arrives. Finish your poll by clicking the Stop button, if you haven’t already, then click on the blue Restart button which appears. Then you can choose to Clear or Keep Crowd Responses. Keeping them simply brings your Poll back to the initial state. Clearing them will permanently delete your crowd’s votes, so choose carefully!

If you’re looking to add your company or organization’s custom logo to your audience poll, add more than ten questions, or conduct your audience poll with a large audience, consider upgrading to a Crowdpurr Premium Account to get additional features and crowd capacity. Our free plan supports up to twenty voter per poll.

You’re all set to have fun with your audience while getting some useful information that will engage your audience and spice up your next meeting or presentation. Democracy in action! Rock the vote!

Author

Ross is the CEO & Founder of Crowdpurr. Evolving and perfecting live event technology is his passion and baby. Also a loving father, husband, vinyl, and fresh-air enthusiast.